Are There Doves in Hawaii?

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Do you want to know how many doves are found in Hawaii? Do you want to learn about them? yes, this article is best for you.

My name is Akash. I am a student of 22 years old. Now I going to introduce you to the native or non-native species of doves in Hawaii.

Are There Doves in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, As far as I know, only 5 species of doves live in this state. The most common dove species in Hawaii is the Zebra Dove. Also, the other 4 species of doves are – Spotted Dove, Barred Dove, Eurasian Collared Dove and Mourning Dove.

Let’s explore these dove species in some detail in a very short time.

Are Doves in Hawaii Native or Non-Native Species?

All the doves in Hawaii, including the Zebra Dove, Spotted Dove, Barred Dove, Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove, are all non-native species.

1. Zebra Doves:

zebra dove
image: zebra dove

Zebra Dove have also brown feathers. They can grow up to 23 centimetres in length with a wingspan of 24-26 cm. They are known for their “cooing” call. 

Zebra Doves eat seeds and insects, small fruits and other vegetation.

Zebra Doves have a black and white striped pattern on their necks, that’s why they are named “Zebra“.

2. Spotted Dove:

Spotted Dove
image: Spotted Dove

Another species of dove found in Hawaii is the Spotted, Dove. It is larger than the Zebra Dove.

It has greyish-brown in colour with black spots on its wings and back.

This is also a non-native dove species found in Hawaii.

Habitat: urban areas, agricultural fields, woodland, scrub, farmland, habitation, and gardens.

They are generally considered to be non-migratory in Hawaii. Spotted Doves eat grass seeds, grains, fallen fruits, and seeds of other plants. 

3. Eurasian Collared Dove:

Eurasian Collared Dove
image: Eurasian Collared Dove

The Eurasian Collared Dove is also found in Hawaii. They are also common doves in Arizona.

It has a greyish-brown body and a distinctive black collar around its neck. This is also a non-native species in this state.

The Eurasian Collared-Dove is not a native bird species of North America. It was introduced into the Bahamas in the 1970s after the 1980s it spread throughout North America. 

Habitats: bare ground, telephone wires, and trees. They make nests on trees with small straws. 

4. Mourning Dove:

Mourning Dove
Image: Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove is another type of Dove species in Hawaii.

Mourning Dove is commonly seen in telephone wires in some places and forage for seeds on the ground.

This dove has a slender tail, a small head, black eyes, and a black small beak. 

Diet: corn, millet, buckwheat, Rye, pine nuts, foxtail, peanuts, canary grass, wheat, sunflower seeds, rapeseed, etc.

5. Barred Dove:

barred dove
image: barred dove

The Barred Dove another name Zebra Dove found in Hawaii. Here’s some information about this bird:

Barred Doves are small birds. They can grow up to 20 cm in length. They have brown bodies with black and white stripes on their necks, giving them a “barred” appearance.

Barred Doves eat seeds, fruits, and insects.

Habitat: grasslands, open woodlands, and urban areas like gardens and parks.


In conclusion, while there are no native species of doves in Hawaii, the Zebra Dove, Mourning Dove, Barred Dove, Spotted Dove, and Eurasian Collared Dove have made the islands their home. These non-native doves are so important for the diversity of Hawaii’s birdlife and can be commonly seen in urban and suburban areas.

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